We did it. After revenge travel and flight delays and spending money we don’t really have, we made it to the last holiday weekend of the summer. According to The Vacationeran estimated 137 million people will be traveling for Labor Day weekend, which is more than 53% of the country.
Of those traveling, a little more than half—perhaps owing to the chaos that has roiled air travel lately—plan to travel by car. Which means the roads are going to be busy this weekend. According to Jerry, it’s actually the most dangerous summer holiday for driving, especially Saturday. If you plan on being on the road on Saturday make sure to exercise plenty of caution.
As for when is the best time to make your journey, AAA advised Memorial Day weekend travelers that departures were best timed before 6 am and after 9 pm on Thursday and Friday, while your best for returns would be Monday before 11 am.
The Vacationer also reports that about 59% of Labor Day travelers have had their plans affected by gas prices. A majority of survey respondents who are planning on going on a road trip said they would be traveling less than 1,000 miles for their trip.
No matter where you are going for the long weekend, make sure to be mindful of the millions of other people out to enjoy the last hoorah of summer.